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PUBLISHER’S NOTE As the middle of the boating season approaches, you will want to spend as much time as possible on the water. It is a relaxing way to make the most of the summer. This issue features Evinrude engines powering pontoon boats. Evinrude is distinguished by its serious power, high torque and instant throttle response. Riding in a boat with Evinrude E-TEC engines will make it hard to return to anything else. In addition, we take a look at the Sylvan Signature Sport 8522. This pontoon, with sports car handling and runabout exhilaration, slices through the water with ease. This edition showcases a different type of port-of-call: a boating staycation. This event is an inexpensive way to celebrate your hometown; by staying on your boat, you and your family can save on travel and hotel costs, while enjoying a great view of the area. You can enjoy your boat for a longer stretch of time than usual, and take the vacation of which you’ve always dreamed. The editorial section begins with a piece focusing on the possibility of an oil spill occurring in the Great Lakes that is similar to that which is taking place in the Gulf. We must continue to be vigilant to prevent such a tragedy. Another opinion piece is on the impacts of lake levels and climate change on boating, and how

future legislation regulating boating emissions could affect boaters. This type of law might be inevitable. However, if it is well-thought-out, it may prove manageable for boaters and could set a higher environmental standard than the current one. The third editorial discusses the benefi ts of fractional boating, a practice which allows multiple boaters to share the costs of purchasing and maintaining one vessel together. We spotlight ways to remain safe while boating, fi ve common boating errors and food preparation tips for your next boating adventure. We also highlight the rising numbers of regulations preventing Americans from fi shing across the country, and about the importance of the political voice of the American angler in keeping fishing areas open for use. This time of year is ideal for enjoying the water or the city, with a boat as your starting point. Whether you are on the marina, at the dock in your boat, or onboard, out on the open water, taking advantage of new or favorite activities can be rejuvenating. Many issues face boaters on the Great Lakes that need immediate attention. The Great Lakes Boating Federation is the only advocate representing the area’s 4.3 million recreational boaters on freshwater seas and inland waterways, providing government representation and programs. Go to www.greatlakesboatingfederation.com to join the federation for cost-saving services and help strengthen the voice of boating during these uncertain economic and political times.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

16 OTC FEATURES FEATURES • EVINRUDE AND SYLVAN • Port of Call: STAYCATION • KEEP AMERICA FISHING

Evinrude E-TEC V6 150 HP

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SPOTLIGHTS

SPOTLIGHTS • DINING AT THE LAKE • FIVE BOATING ERRORS • STAY SAFE ON THE WATER

Sylvan Signature Sport 8522 LENGTH : BEAM: TUBE DIAMETER: MAX. PERSONS: MAX. HP:

22’3” 102” 27” 14 150

With the Evinrude E-TEC powered Sylvan pontoon boat, your day on the water will be near-perfect. Evinrude E-TEC offers consistent power, high torque, and an instant throttle response that makes the open seas fair game. The Evinrude E-TEC engine is an ideal match for the Sylvan pontoon boat. As

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economic conditions force more and more boaters to streamline their fleets, pontoons are quickly becoming the choice of boaters everywhere. Pontoons

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offer these boaters the ultimate versatility and convenience. So whether you like to fish, water ski, take quiet cruises around the lake, or really open it up, there’s a Sylvan boat for every need. The Sylvan Signature Sport 8522 incorporates solid construction, ease of

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handling and attractive lines. The 8522

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is capable of accommodating 14 people

DEPARTMENTS

IN THE NEWS • GREAT LAKES • FISHING • YACHT CLUBS • MARINAS • CRUISING • NATIONAL • SAILING

DEPARTMENTS

and has three entry gates with pinchproof protectors.

• PUBLISHER’S NOTE • EDITORIALS • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR • NEW PRODUCTS • BOAT CARE AND FEEDING • MARINE MART • EVENTS CALENDAR • ADVERTISER INDEX

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In this issue of Great Lakes Boating magazine, we take a closer look at the Sylvan Signature Sport 8522 and the Evinrude E-TEC engine. See pages 12 to 15 for a detailed look into the Sylvan Pontoon Revolution powered by the ultimate outboard—Evinrude E-TEC.

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EDITORIALS

Avoiding an Oil Spill in the Great Lakes The recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf raises the question of

the lakes. Engler’s move would have allowed the leasing of

whether the Great Lakes may some day face a similar situation.

lake bottomlands owned by the state. Although a study on

Although a parallel event has not yet occurred in this region,

the effects of new drilling would have been necessary before a

we must work hard to prevent it from taking place.

lift ing of the moratorium could occur at that time, early 2001

Part of the reason for the large amount of effort required to

saw a re-introduction of the measure.

combat such a catastrophe is that interest in oil and gas drilling

The area beneath Lake Michigan became off-limits to new

has been present in the Great Lakes basin for years, despite

gas and oil drilling the following year, carrying a national

the fact that the area possesses an amount of reserves that, by

prohibition of the practice past its 2003 expiration date. In

some estimates, would provide only enough supplies to keep

2005, Congress made permanent a separate, temporary ban of

the United States running for two minutes.

Great Lakes off shore and directional gas and oil drilling.

The debate about drilling for fossil fuels began in 1997. John

The Great Lakes Boating Federation aims to help keep the

Engler, Michigan’s governor at the time, attempted to lift a

Great Lakes, which encompass 20 percent of the world’s

temporary moratorium that had prevented new drilling in

freshwater resources, free and clear of any drilling for gas or oil.

Effects of Climate Change and Lake Levels on Boating Discourse around the world is addressing the effects of climate

negative consequences will likely increase the threats to fish

change. Th is resulted in the political agreements that were

and other aquatic animals because of the proliferation of dead

reached in 1992 and 1997. Last year in Copenhagen, non-

zones, and worsen water quality because of more intense storms.

binding commitments were made by more than 20 countries

In addition, climate change on the Great Lakes will likely lead

to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. As concentrations of

lake levels to drop in each of the Great Lakes in the next century:

greenhouse gases rise in the atmosphere, trapping solar energy,

by about 2.7 feet in Lake Erie, three feet in lakes Huron and

altered climate patterns could wreak havoc on the wildlife and

Michigan, 1.7 feet in Lake Ontario and one foot in Lake Superior.

the economy that are part of the fabric of life in the Great Lakes region and around the world. Unfortunately, marine engines emit greenhouse gases, and have not been regulated for at least 20 years; the increased attention to global warming indicates that change may be coming. With the announcement last year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of new, stricter standards for marine engines, the agency may have opened a new chapter in the legislation of this area.

Statistics support the idea of legally dealing with marine emissions; pleasure crafts emit 17,399,940 tons of carbon dioxide each year, or about 8 percent of all non-road engine and vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, as new regulations of boat design requirements, fuel economy standards, and/or decreased emissions standards are instituted, the costs for recreational boaters will probably increase. However, if legislation allows for elements, including

The effects of climate change are increasingly felt in the Great

reasonable time frames for compliance that limit boater costs

Lakes region. Spring thaws arrive earlier each year on 56 lakes

and offer purchase rebates, then recreational boaters may fi nd

in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ontario and Wisconsin,

the changes to be manageable. Regulations can and should be

and air temperatures rise by 0.4 degrees Celsius, according to

enacted in a manner that allows boaters to continue to boat and

a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The many

to contribute to a healthier environment for all.

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Guest Commentary

Fractional Boating Lifestyle choices should be replete with simplicity, ease and

provides just that. Membership or ownership in a fractional

good value. That feels like a smart approach. Now when it

program provides the ability to simply show up at the boat,

comes to boating, there is a significant conundrum associated

drop the cooler and gear onboard, complete a few safety checks

with this choice. On the one hand, there are so many clear

and head out for a day or more on the water, easily allowing

and compelling reasons why it is a great activity choice. It is

boaters to claim the aforementioned benefits. Once fi nished,

terrific for uninterrupted family time, stress reduction, fresh

safely return the boat, pack up, clean up and head home. If

air, and all the positive health and social benefits that go with

there are any problems, they are noted and are addressed by

being outdoors. On the other hand, there are many elements

the provider of the service. It could not be any easier. Th is

that tend to erode the overall experience. These come in the

leads to the question, “How much does all of this cost?” The

forms of boat maintenance, insurance bills, slip fees, fi nancing

interesting reality is that since each boat is efficiently shared

payments and other related costs. There is also the reality

amongst several members, the costs are significantly less

that once the “honeymoon period” ends, the reality and

than those of ownership. The trade-off is that there may be an

schedule challenges of life will creep back in and will prevent

occasional confl ict regarding availability, but most programs

as much use of the boat as had been anticipated. Th is alone is

have means by which swapping and waitlisting can occur on

an underlying stressor that has most boat owners asking if all

the schedule for the boat.

of the bills are worth the amounts of time that they actually

For those who have never been boaters, have left boating

spend boating. However, making the decision that it is not

for any of the above reasons or have thought to themselves,

worth it and then selling the boat could lead to significant lost

“I don’t have the time to consider boating,” here is a very

value from the time of purchase, a lengthy sales cycle, multiple

compelling reason to say, “It’s time to get on the water!”

showings to flaky buyers, etc.

Fractional is the future of boating, and has removed many of

Enter fractional boating. Most consumers today are interested

the barriers to a boating lifestyle. See you on the water!

in great, turnkey experiences. They are interested in having all of the fun, laughs and great memories and leaving the

George Bonelli

maintenance, bills and stressors at the dock. Fractional boating

Chairman & Founder The SailTime Group, LLC

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LET TERS TO THE EDITOR

W ILL A SIAN C ARP I NTERFERE ? I am an avid reader of Great Lakes Boating Magazine and I love it. You guys are very current and thorough with the news that I need to hear about the Great Lakes. I read your magazine and keep it on my boat. I’m well-aware of all of the articles and editorials that you have done on the Asian carp and I’m very concerned about my boating experience. Having to navigate among these beasts, having learned about how aggressive they are, would my boating experience ever be the same? Andy Roth Dolton, Ill.

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I moor my boat at Burnham Harbor in Chicago and was wondering when Chicago will have an in-water boat show. This is desperately needed. Chicago hasn’t had one for two decades. An in-water boat show would fare much better than the one staged indoors in McCormick Place during the freezing month of January. An in-water boat show, in any one of the local harbors, would bring a lot of excitement and knowledge to the area boaters. Now that

Gateway Marina south of Navy Pier is under construction, could we begin to think about the feasibility of hosting a boat show right in the heart of Chicago? I believe it will be spectacular, exciting and successful. Michael Stockard Glenview, Ill.

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B LAME ?

I’m told that the International Joint Commission has completed its study on the over-dredging issue with the St. Clair River. From my extensive reading on the topic in your publication and others, I can’t conclude whether I really understand whether there was an over-dredging. Is there someone responsible for this? Can we really get the truth between what has happened and what will occur in the days to come? The level of Lake Erie is getting higher. Who are we to blame? Evidently, it’s not precipitation, because that should affect the other lakes in a similar fashion. Why can’t we get a straight answer? Susan Geraci Monroe, Mich.

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B EHIND THE SYLVAN PONTOON REVOLUTION IS THE ULTIMATE OUTBOARD—EVINRUDE E-TEC


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t used to be that people who lived on the water had a variety of watercraft: a speed boat for family water sports, a jon boat for fishing, and a pontoon boat for leisure cruising and entertaining. But with the current economic conditions and increasing

fuel costs, average boaters have had to streamline their fleets. In fact, many are now choosing to go with only one boat to meet all of their needs. Their vessel of choice? The pontoon boat. And today’s pontoons are better than ever with improved materials and engineering that have raised their overall comfort and speed capability. For those looking for the perfect pontoon package, Sylvan pontoons, with a variety of different models, offer the ultimate in versatility. You can equip yours with almost every luxury imaginable, including satellite radio, custom sound systems, gas grills and comfort seating. So whether you’re serious about fishing, want to cruise the day away, live to ski and swim or want to do it all, there’s a Sylvan model for you. The stability of Sylvan’s wide deck offers a massive amount of room for storage and provides a great platform for diving and snorkeling. Sportsmen have also discovered the angler-friendly amenities of large livewells, rod holders, custom platforms and seating. Couple your Sylvan pontoon with Evinrude E-TEC engines and your day on the water will be near perfect. When it’s all about quiet and serious power, the Evinrude E-TEC gives you the whole package. And with no dealer-scheduled maintenance for three years or 300 hours, their lineup is perfect for every aspect of pontoon use. Evinrude E-TEC engines provide high torque, consistent power and an instant throttle response with power to pull skiers, tubers or even daredevil barefooters behind the boat. And Evinrude provides a great benefit with its Hydrous® pontoon prop’s oversized blades that offer maximum grip and thrust, providing stability in some of the tightest turns. Pair this with Sylvan’s exclusive Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) that slices through the water with sports car handling and runabout exhilaration and you truly have a powerful pontoon package. With quiet idling and virtually no vibrations, the Evinrude E-TEC is an engine that is ideal for trolling with the ability to run on 87 octane fuel—not premium, like some two- and four-stroke engines require. Fishing has never been more economical and comfortable. With all of these advantages, the Evinrude E-TEC truly is the ultimate outboard behind the Sylvan pontoon revolution.

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A Closer Look at the Sylvan Signature Sport 8522

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Sylvan has decided to rethink everything about pontoon boats, especially their performance and design. Their exclusive Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) utilizes V-shaped tubes to provide more top speed per horsepower and dramatically improve its fuel efficiency. The result is a pontoon that slices through the water with sports car handling and runabout exhilaration. The RPT planing hull lifts the tube on top of its own bow wave. This causes the tube to displace less water, which reduces resistance and drag and produces greater speed with less horsepower than a traditional tube shape. Above the water line, RPT tubes are shaped like traditional tubes to accommodate the weight of the deck structure. With their versatility, stability and large passenger capacity, pontoon boats have become increasingly popular with boaters. Larger-sized pontoon boats like Sylvan are perfect matches for Evinrude E-TEC engines, which provide high torque, consistent power and instant throttle response with enough power to pull tubers, skiers and wakeboarders behind the boat. Part of the Signature line of pontoons, the Sylvan Signature Sport 8522 incorporates solid construction, ease of handling and attractive lines. The 8522, capable of accommodating 14 people, has three entry gates with pinchroof protectors and Posi-Lock® latches. Designers have carefully configured the deck to accommodate group seating arrangements along the perimeter and an L-shaped, contoured lounge opposite the helm that allows passengers to face and interact with each other. The stern lounging area is a good vantage point for watching water sports enthusiasts being pulled. Storage lockers beneath the seat cushions can accommodate life jackets, fishing equipment and other gear. The boat comes equipped with an AM/FM stereo with an iPod/MP3 port and four elevated speakers. The helm station features an adjustable captain’s chair that swivels, slides and comes with fold-down armrests. The fiberglass console houses a speedometer, a tachometer, a volt meter and a fuel gauge, and the controls are positioned for optimum visibility and ease of use. There’s a changing area situated at the end of the cockpit L-lounge, and the eight-foot Bimini top provides shelter from the sun. Available options include a SeaStar hydraulic steering system, a powder-coated, low-profile wakeboard tower, four Infinity tower speakers, a cockpit table, a Porta Potti and a rear entry boarding ladder. A Sylvan Pontoon powered by Evinrude E-TEC is about getting more value and more fun from your time on the water.

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Length Beam Tube Diameter Maximum Persons Maximum HP Fuel Capacity

22’3” 102” 27” 14 150” 35 gal.

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Will You Do Your Part to Keep America Fishing?

Dining

at the

epending on where you launch your boat, you may or may not have access to a place for purchasing ready-made food to eat while on the lake. Part of the enjoyment of spending leisure time on the water is being able to snack or eat a meal while out on your vessel. Listed below are some tips for preparing food before or while

Pat out hamburgers and season with onion powder,

boating, assuming that you have access to a designated

seasoned salt and black pepper. Layer patties between

picnic or shore area for further food preparations. Try a few of

waxed paper and place in freezer. Place in cooler

these ideas for your next picnic, and enjoy dining alfresco!

before leaving for lake. Thaw outside of cooler about

Small gas barbecue grills are available that run on disposable cans of propane. They do not take up much room in the boat and can be set up on any shore or bank with ease and convenience. Season thawed chicken breast fillets with seasoned salt. Sprinkle with fresh, ground black pepper and lemon pepper seasoning. Layer between sheets of wax paper, and freeze in ziplock bags. Just before leaving for the lake, place frozen chicken breasts in the cooler. Remove from the cooler about 1.5 hours before grilling time. They are delicious on hoagie rolls with mayonnaise, spicy mustard, dill pickles, sliced cheese, lettuce and tomato.

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1.5 hours before grilling time. Eat on whole wheat buns with mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, Thousand Island dressing and sweet Vidalia onion slices. Prepare kabobs on wooden skewers the night before a boat trip. Use red and yellow bell peppers, pineapple, sirloin chunks, chicken chunks, mushrooms, onion slices and kielbasa sausage chunks. Season with Jamaican Jerk seasoning, and place lengthwise in a long plastic container along with juice from the drained pineapple. Place in the cooler on the day of the trip. These grill easily and taste great along with potato salad, coleslaw or cold rice dishes.

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Spray barbecue bread with cooking spray and place on

Prepare egg salad, chicken salad, and homemade

the grill to brown. After flipping the final time, sprinkle

pimiento cheese the night before a lake trip. Make

the top with shredded Asiago cheese or a Mexican

sandwiches on bread and trim the crusts. Feed crusts

cheese blend. Wrap in foil and keep warm on the grill

to the birds or save for use in bread pudding. Cut

until ready to serve.

sandwiches into fourths and pack in plastic containers

Cast iron skillets work great on grills. You can fry

to place in cooler.

potatoes, fish, and even cook baked beans. Empty a

Pack crackers, sliced cheese, canned squirt cheese,

large can of baked beans into an iron skillet and add

pickled eggs, Vienna sausages, hot pickled sausages

diced onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and some syrup.

and meat sticks.

Stir until bubbly. Salads are terrific items to add to the lake picnic cooler. Make fresh tuna salad with boiled eggs and

About the author:

sweet pickles. Chill in plastic containers and serve

Jane Warren is a water sports enthusiast who enjoys

with saltine crackers. Cook macaroni or rotini pasta

boating, scuba diving, and swimming. Visit the web site,

and rinse under cool water. Add half-inch chunks

TowableTubesDirect.com, for her reviews on water sports

of cheddar cheese, frozen green peas (thaw first

equipment including towable tubes, skis, wakeboards,

but do not cook), chopped pimiento peppers, finely

kayaks and water trampolines.

diced celery and carrots, and diced red bell peppers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add mayonnaise to taste. Chill in a plastic container.

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Phot Ph P hot ho h o cour co ur tesy te sy of o f Di scover err B Bo o at ati tii ng ng

By Jessica Tobacman hoosing to live aboard a boat is one way to maximize

plays, boat cruises, viewing fireworks, visiting museums, or

the enjoyment of owning it. One way to test your

simply exploring the architecture around town. Boaters on

affinity for this lifestyle for a short time is to take a

staycations might also choose to explore water activities,

boating staycation. A staycation is an inexpensive way

such as tubing, water skiing or white water rafting. A

to take time off, as you remain in or near your hometown and

vacation on-board can offer the perfect opportunity to

treat it as a tourist spot. A unique twist to the staycation is

explore the city in your own backyard.

treating your boat as the destination of choice; the ultimate home away from home. Choosing to sleep in your vessel at night, rather than in a hotel, is likely to increase comfort and possibly cost savings. Staycation-savvy boaters will

Gregory Harrison, dock master for Hampton Public Piers in Hampton, Va., notes one of the positives of a boating staycation: “It’s an experience you’ll remember for life.”

minimize travel expenses, including the costs of plane or

John Sima, owner of Sima Marine in Eastlake, Ohio, has

train tickets, although they might still need to pay for

lived aboard with his family for the past three summers. “It’s

transportation between local destinations. As state and city

like a vacation all summer long. Everybody really enjoys it,”

governments benefit from vacations taken at home,

Sima says.

members of your family will, too, as you enjoy more uninterrupted time together than usual.

Marinas often house yacht clubs, restaurants and boater lounges with televisions and coffee bars, with nearby

As boating brings your family together, it enhances your

swimming pools, beaches, and areas for picnics and

vacation and your life. Like more traditional vacations,

for strolling. Some of them also host events, such as

a boating staycation offers opportunities for a family to

Milwaukee’s Irish, Polish, Italian-American and Indian

enjoy leisure activities. These can include viewing movies,

festivals. Live-aboards benefit from their housing situations

attending festivals, or visiting locations such as parks,

by being close to all of this activity.

museums, concert halls or sporting events. Local “tourist” pursuits can also include attending improvisational performances at comedy clubs, indoor or outdoor concerts,

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To learn about local attractions, contact an area’s convention, visitors’ or tourism center, its parks and recreation bureau, search online, or review publications offline.


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For help selecting a marina, one option is to contact the

are easily traversable by foot, helping to make activities

company Marinalife. Visit them online at marinalife.com,

accessible. These include Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; and

or call them toll-free at (800) RENT-A-SLIP. This business

Hampton, Va.; all of which offer many events throughout

serves tens of thousands of individuals by providing them

the year. These can include boat shows, with boating and

with access to its database, which includes 8,600 major

fishing seminars; fishing tournaments; harbor cruises; boat

marinas in the United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean,

parades; block parties with drink and food vendors, live

Central America and Canada. “It’s the largest database of

entertainment and optional networking; family-oriented

marinas,” says Kerry Bayline, vice president of Marinalife.

festivals with staged sea battles and fireworks; cooking

Complete a questionnaire with the amenities that you would

competitions for boaters with booths for area restaurants;

prefer for your trip, such as family- or pet-friendly spaces,

walking tours; farmers’ markets; games of bingo; parties;

" For those who have not previously boated, now is an inexpensive time to start ." or having access to a swimming pool, and the company

karaoke; and theme nights at restaurants. Eating out is a

will navigate through its extensive list of options to select

luxury that boaters can enjoy around the world, with culinary

locations that would work for boat owners. Marinalife will

delights that include a wide variety of flavors. Many cities,

book stays from one night to one season long.

including Chicago, have niche areas such as Chinatown and

In addition to savoring the recreation on marinas, a boating staycation presents an opportunity to investigate a nearby area that may also have a wide variety of events. Some cities

Little Italy, plus many other innovative eateries that are open day or night. For those who have not previously boated, now is an

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inexpensive time to start. The current economic downturn has created an advantageous purchasing environment for

PARTIAL L IST

OF

Harbor

G RE AT L AKES M OORING F EES City/State

Cost Per Season

potential boaters, with larger numbers of sellers offering

Burnham Harbor

lower prices. Boats, themselves, can deceive the untrained

Du Sable Harbor

Chicago, Ill.

$3,390

Monroe Harbor

Chicago, Ill.

$1,170 north

eye; they range from Bentleys to Chevettes. Those who have not yet ventured into the world of boating may be surprised to learn that for an amount between $20,000 and $50,000, the price of a high-quality car, they can purchase a

Chicago, Ill.

$3,060

$1,110 south Waukegan Harbor

Waukegan, Ill.

$1,999 at North Harbor $2,252 at North Pier of

relatively good, used boat.

the South Harbor

It is somewhat debatable whether living aboard saves

$2,318 at South Pier of

money. “With insurance and fuel, it’s probably equivalent

the South Harbor

to living in a home and paying a mortgage,” says Betsey

North Point

Winthrop Harbor,

Arvai, marketing director for SkipperBud’s, a 20-location

Marina

Ill.

boat dealer for more than 40 years. However, the cost of

Hammond Marina

Hammond, Ind.

Jefferson Beach

Detroit, Mich.

living is lower in a boat: There is no major yard work, such as grass cutting, shoveling or pruning hedges. The overall

Marina

$2,000

$2,337 $1,680 for drive-up slip $2,200 for premium well

cost depends partly on a combination of the price of fuel

at lakefront in outer harbor

and how quickly a boat is moving, considering that as

$2,700 at new dock

speed increases, fuel effi ciency decreases.

with pump-out system

To dock a boat at a harbor, the price depends on the

Sandusky Harbor

location. To compare the costs of renting a slip for a

Marina

30-foot boat at various harbors around the Great Lakes,

Sima Marine

Eastlake, Ohio

$1,560

please refer to the table to the right. Additional surcharges

Perry's Landing

Erie, Penn.

$2,085

may apply, based-on residency requirements and

Marina

Sandusky, Ohio

$1,535 closer to shore $1,675 farther from shore

distances from the marinas. seventies or eighties, says Roger Mellem, dock master for Over the long-term, a boating lifestyle could work well for single men or women, or for families and their pets. Entry-level boaters tend to be in their late twenties or

North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. The category of boaters includes a wide variety of individuals, from bluecollar workers to chief executive offi cers.

early thirties, and the age range extends to seniors in their

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Mariners may decide to spend more time on their boats to relish this. “The neighborhood here [on the docks] is as important is it is at home,” Mellem says. This is partially because the “houses” are three feet apart at the finger docks where boaters tie-up their vehicles. As your family spends more time on its boat, making the most of local culture and recreational activities, your hometown will benefi t from added business. Local restaurants, museums, Photo cour tesy of Discover Boating

concert halls and sports teams will receive

Nearly one in four individuals in the United States own boats. Out of the general population of approximately 280 million people in the United States, 13 million own vessels, 78 million

increased revenues as you and your family venture out during the day, and take in the beautiful view of the city at night, from your own vessel.

engage in boating, and 73 percent of those are involved in fishing. Live-aboards, those who stay on their vessels full-

“Boating is an all-American family hobby and sport that

time, tend to be well-to-do retirees. Some wealthy younger

engages one out of four people. It is good for recreation

couples and artists who do business by computer also fit

and tourism. Boating remains one of the few sanctuaries left

into this category, Mellem says. The many boaters who only

where people feel at one with nature,” says Ned Dikmen,

live on their vessels during weekends in the summer include

publisher of Great Lakes Boating Magazine.

large numbers of young families. Their time on-board is limited because the obligations of work and school prevent them from spending more time on their boats. Some families use their summers to take their boats to Florida or through the Great Loop, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and seniors who live aboard sometimes move their boats to Florida for the winter. Individuals enjoy boating because it removes them physically from home, work and accompanying responsibilities. Because of the lighthearted mood that often accompanies boating, mariners grill out, drink and socialize. “There’s lots of camaraderie in the boating community,” Arvai says. Photo cour tesy of Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.

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Photo cour tesy of Bill Frantz Photography

HOT

SpotS Boating staycations are popular throughout the United States. The U.S. recreational boating industry’s trade association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), recently announced the 2009 top 10 boating states based on annual sales in its 2009 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. In conjunction with the NMMA, Discover Boating, the industry’s non-profit awareness program, has identified affordable, must-visit, boating destinations within each state. Here they are, ranked by total annual expenditures for new powerboats, motors, trailers and accessories:

1. Florida ($1.2 billion)

6. Louisiana ($370 million)

Hot Spot: Treasure Island—A tropical community that’s

Hot Spot: Shreveport—Louisiana's “Other Side” is a

part of the Tampa Bay area is popular for cruising with the

sportsman’s paradise.

family and sport fishing the infamous Kingfish.

7. Washington ($339 million)

2. Texas ($906 million)

Hot Spot: San Juan Islands—The San Juan Islands,

Hot Spot: Lake Austin—In the heart of energetic Austin,

located in the northwest corner of Washington —just 90

Lake Austin offers an ideal setting to cruise, waterski

minutes north of Seattle—are like no other archipelago,

and fish.

boasting diverse natural beauty with rocky shores, sandy beaches, towering forests and sweeping grasslands.

3. California ($417 million) Hot Spot: Big Bear Lake—Cruising, sailing or waterskiing, Big Bear Lake, just 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, offers something for every boater.

4. North Carolina ($395 million) Hot Spot: Lake Norman—Just north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas at 34 miles long, boasting 520 miles of shoreline. This popular boating destination provides year-round water access with boating activities of all types.

5. New York ($381 million) Hot Spot: Lake Champlain—Spanning 120 miles from

8. Delaware ($330 million) Hot Spot: Rehoboth Beach—Rehoboth Beach has everything needed to enjoy all facets of recreational boating and offers hundreds of slip and boat rentals.

9. Michigan ($317 million) Hot Spot: Traverse City—With 181 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and surrounded by 149 lakes that are 10 acres or larger, Traverse City is a hub for recreational boating.

10. Minnesota ($305 million) Hot Spot: Detroit Lakes—With more than 400 lakes within a 25-mile radius, Detroit Lakes offers a summer vacation for every type of boater and plenty of family fun.

Quebec, Canada, to Whitehall, N.Y., Lake Champlain is renowned for its beautiful scenery and boating opportunities.

Photo cour tesy of Discover Boating

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For more boating information and resources, visit DiscoverBoating.com.


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By Vann Burgess U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Safety Division

I

f y ou’re new to boating—or even if you’re not—it’s easy to

traveling. Not only do you need to know where you are and

make simple mistakes that may have serious consequences

what is around you, but you also need to know what is under

on the water. Almost always, boating errors are caused by

you. Yes, there is a bottom under all that water, and a chart will

rushing, not paying attention, or both. Most of them are more

tell you how deep the water is, what the bottom is made of and

embarrassing than anything else; for example, failing to tie up

if there are any obstructions that could cause a problem, such

the anchor before tossing it over the side, or jumping from the

as rocks or an old wreck. Without appropriate charts, a boat

boat to the dock and ending up in the water, instead.

operator runs the risk of running aground, hitting submerged objects or just plain getting lost.

But the upside to these kinds of errors is that you can easily avoid them by taking a basic boating course, staying focused and always completing a pre-departure checklist. Never assume somebody pulled up the anchor, put in the boat plug or … well, you name it. Under rules established by the U.S. Coast Guard, vessel operators are always responsible for their actions and vehicles. Here are five of the most common boating errors and some thoughts on how to avoid them. 1. Failure to install the boat drain plug prior to launch. Installing the plug is one of the most basic procedures in boating, but on boat launches around the country, some boater invariably forgets it almost every weekend. Compounding the problem is that several boat models have more than one plug. If an operator fails to install any of the plugs, the result is a boat full of water. Don’t assume the drain

Reading a nautical chart is an important skill. A global positioning

plug is in the boat. Double-check.

system can tell you where you are and how to get where you want to go, but it can’t tell you what’s under the boat or what’s between

2. Failure to pay out enough line when anchoring.

you and your destination.

In boating, the only thing more frustrating than a boat that won’t go is one that won’t stay put. Anchoring your vessel

4. Getting lost at night. Many people go out during daylight

over a hot fishing spot or in a secluded cove for a few hours of

hours and rely on recognizable land features to find their way

relaxation is part of the fun, but it does require a bit of

home. There’s a difference, however, between what the

arithmetic to get it right. Remember that the amount of line

shoreline looks like during the day and how it appears at

needed to anchor a vessel (called the scope) should be five to

night. At sunset, recognizable features disappear and are

seven times the depth of the water in calm weather, plus the

replaced by unfamiliar and confusing lights on shore.

distance from the surface to where the anchor attaches at the bow. If high winds or rough sea conditions are present, then

If you’re inexperienced at night navigation, allow plenty of time

use 10 times the depth. Fail to use the proper scope, and your

to get back to port before the sun goes down. Smart boaters

vessel may drag anchor and drift ashore, into other vessels

will make a few runs at night to become familiar with the area

or—worst case—out to sea!

where they boat, and to know what their favorite areas look like after dark. Use a nautical chart. The chart will tell you

3. Failure to carry appropriate and up-to-date nautical

where the aids to navigation are located, how they are lit at

charts for the area traveled. In order to be truly safe, a smart

night and what landmarks you may be able to see once the

skipper will carry a chart of the waters on which he or she is

sun goes down. Always pay attention to where you are going

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while it’s light. Carry a VHF-FM marine band radio, and if you become disoriented at night, the Coast Guard or the local shore patrol may be able to use your radio signal to locate your position and reorient you. 5. Overloading the boat. This is one of the most common causes of swamping, capsizing or sinking, especially in small, open-constructed boats. Even empty, these boats may have little freeboard—the distance between the rail or the top edge of the boat and the waterline—and even less when fully loaded with occupants, coolers and gear. It’s easy to overload small vessels unintentionally, and an overloaded boat is more likely to capsize, even in relatively calm waters. So keep in mind your boat’s maximum load capacity. On most mono hull boats up to 20 feet in length, this information can be found on

A capacity plate, affixed to the hull of mono-hull boats up

the capacity plate, permanently affixed to the hull. If a capacity

to 20 feet in length, indicates the maximum load at which

plate isn’t present, contact the manufacturer of your boat and

the boat can safely operate.

ask for capacity plate information. Remember, the “maximum safe weight” includes people AND gear. *****

to do the same; never boating under the influence (BUI); successfully completing a boating safety course; and getting

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and

a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) annually from the local U.S.

operators to take personal responsibility for their own safety

Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Power Squadrons®,

and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include:

or your state boating agency’s Vessel Examiners. For more

wearing a life jacket at all times and requiring passengers

tips on boating safety, visit www.USCGboating.org.

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T

he past 10 years have seen a dramatic increase in actions

achievements of proven fisheries management methods

to restrict or ban recreational fishing in areas across the

that focus on conservation. Banning or limiting sportfishing

United States. California has designated hundreds of

access, absent a science-based reason, is an unprecedented

miles of the state’s salt water as no-take marine reserves,

concept that runs counter to the proven methods of fisheries

leaving more than 760,000 saltwater anglers without access

conservation management in the United States—models

to some of the best fishing spots on the Pacific Coast. Along

that have well-served fisheries and recreational anglers

the South Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida, the

for decades.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a temporary ban on red snapper fishing, a ban that could become permanent for the thousands of anglers who fish these waters. And in other areas, such as the Great Lakes, invasive species—including Asian carp and zebra mussels— are crowding out native species as they fight for food and other resources.

“If this alarming trend continues, anglers in the Great Lakes and the Midwest may risk similar restrictions being implemented on their favorite lakes, rivers and streams,” said American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson. “This country’s 60 million recreational anglers want reasonable access to our nation’s waterways. Anglers must make sure their voices are heard by state and

Across the country, preventing or limiting recreational anglers

federal agencies responsible for fishery management. We are

from accessing public fisheries’ resources are being touted

giving anglers that voice. We are working to maintain the right

as new ways to manage fish populations, undermining the

to access and sustainably fish our nation’s waterways.”

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The ASA is the trade association that represents not just the sportfishing industry, but the broader sportfishing community, including individual anglers.

THE

VOICE OF THE

AMERICAN

ANGLER

In 2006, looking for an easy-to-remember and easy-to-use outlet for California’s anglers and boaters to stay informed and motivated to speak out to policy makers, the ASA launched the web site, www.KeepAmericaFishing.org™. Over time, the nation’s sportfishing industry trade association knew it needed to give voice to not just California’s anglers but to the millions of American recreational anglers who share one thing in common—a passion for fishing. Since then, the ASA has established KeepAmericaFishing™ as the voice of the American angler. Through sound policy, science and conservation, its mission is to keep all of our nation’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams open for recreational fishing and abundant with fish. With its government and conservation partners, the organization works to limit science-based closures to areas in which they are clearly beneficial to the health of the fishery. To learn more about restrictions to recreational fishing and visit www.KeepAmericaFishing.org™.

The American Sportfishing Association— Leading the Way to Fishing’s Future

Why should I care about fishing restrictions outside

For more than 75 years, the ASA has represented the interests

of the Great Lakes?

of the sportfishing industry. The trade association was

what you can do to keep America fishing in your community,

Your right to fish is under attack. The past 10 years have seen a dramatic increase in unnecessary bans on recreational fishing from California to Florida, from Texas to Minnesota. If

created in 1933 to help oversee the industry and play a role in the federal government’s efforts to help the country out of the Great Depression.

allowed to continue, these efforts could impact every

Since then, the association has evolved from representing

recreational angler’s ability to fish in his or her community.

the interests of tackle manufacturers alone to championing

How can I find out if my favorite place to fish is at risk of closure?

the concerns of the entire sportfishing community. The association is funded through membership dues, income generated by its annual trade show and its consumer-based

Visit the web site and sign up for action alerts.

fishing and other outdoor sports shows on the East and

KeepAmericaFishing™ will send you the latest news and alerts

West coasts.

about actions that may impact the Great Lakes region and other areas of interest.

The ASA’s new angler advocacy effort, KeepAmericaFishing™, helps to ensure that anglers and boaters have a voice in

How can I help prevent closures in the Great Lakes? Visit www.KeepAmericaFishing.org™ and make a donation. Your contribution will help the group continue to protect your right to fish in the Great Lakes region through its policy and conservation efforts.

keeping our nation’s public resources open to recreational fishing through sound policy, science and conservation. The ASA’s conservation and habitat restoration arm, the Fish America Foundation, provides funding for community-based fisheries’ conservation and habitat restoration. The ASA also represents the nation’s 60 million anglers who generate more than $45 billion in retail sales with a $125-billion impact on the nation’s economy, creating employment for one million people.

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Current policy issues in which the ASA is engaged include:

• Helping to ensure that the provisions of the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act are properly implemented and that NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service recognizes the industry’s concerns and the impact that we have on the nation’s economy.

• Working with the Angling and Boating Alliance to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

• Working with fishery groups to pass the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act. This legislation will serve to better conserve, restore and enhance fish habitats on a range-wide scale.

• Promoting the use of sound science to conserve our fisheries resources, while at the same time minimizing the establishment of unnecessary no-fishing zones in all federal and state marine and fresh waters.

• Maintaining and improving the health of our nation’s fisheries’ resources through the Clean Water Restoration Act and monitoring other issues such as off-shore drilling

Asian carp, considered an invasive species by the U.S.

and energy development in western states, such as

Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of

Colorado and Montana, and in Alaska.

Agriculture, are a significant threat to the Great Lakes’ recreational fisheries. Carp populations could expand rapidly

• Monitoring the Consumer Product Safety Protection Act

and change the composition of the Great Lakes ecosystems,

of 2008. This law impacts products that are marketed to

potentially causing significant harm to the $7-billion annual

children 12 years of age or under, and could have an effect

sportfishing economy in the Great Lakes.

on our members’ businesses. The ASA has for many years been involved in addressing (703) 519-9691 // ASAfishing.org

aquatic invasive species issues, such as concerns about Asian carp, including numerous written and oral communications with the executive and legislative branches about the importance of taking specific and timely steps to control the Asian carp. In addition to commenting on and supporting various bills in Congress, the ASA has worked with the Department of the Interior to ensure that actions available to the department are carried-out in a timely manner. The ASA has supported appropriations for the electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal since they were proposed. In addition to working with the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee in 2009 on the basic principles of an invasive species bill draft, the ASA has supported bills specific to the Asian carp. On Dec. 3, 2009, before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works

KEEPING THE GREAT LAKES SAFE FROM ASIAN CARP

Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, individuals from the ASA spoke in support of legislation to control Asian carp. They also testified specifically on an Asian carp bill before the House Natural Resources Committee in November 2005.

Much attention has recently been focused on the potential spread of two species of Asian carp—Bighead and Silver—

The ASA will continue to work with policy makers and its

into the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin through

recreational fishing and boating partners and the Great Lakes

the Chicago Area Waterway System. Several bills have been

Fishery Commission to help find ways to appropriately and

introduced in Congress to improve control of these species.

immediately address this issue.

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Stay

Safe on the

Water

Operating a boat can be fun and exciting, but it has risks. Here are a few suggestions that will help keep you safe while you’re out enjoying your boat or personal watercraft. BE WEATHER-WISE

return will be important in the event that your boat is delayed

Listen to local and national weather reports before leaving

due to weather conditions, mechanical problems or another

shore and stay alert for signs of bad weather while you’re

emergency, and help needs to reach you.

boating. A shift in the wind, lightning or choppy water can

KNOW

mean that a storm is nearby. Listen to a portable weather radio while you’re out on the water. If a Small Craft Advisory is announced, get your boat to shore as quickly as possible. Because water conducts electricity, it’s important to get off the water quickly at the first sign of lightning.

BE PREPARED Bring any extra gear you may need in the event of an emergency. A flashlight, extra batteries, extra clothing and blankets, maps, flares and a first-aid kit are all good items to bring along. And don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses. As the sun’s rays reflect off the water, glare and sunburn are highly possible.

THE

RULES

Be sure to educate yourself about boating laws and rules. You are responsible for the safety of those on board your boat, and other boaters that share the water. You must know and obey the laws. You should also educate yourself about distress signals and navigational lights and signals.

BE SAFE FUELING Fill portable fuel tanks on the dock. When you are fueling your boat, do not smoke, close all hatches and be sure to turn off engines and any electrical appliances or equipment. After fueling, open all hatches to ventilate the vessel, then run the blower for at least four minutes and then check the bilges for vapors before starting your engine. If you smell fumes, wait

GEAR UP

until all traces are eliminated to start your engine.

Every time you go boating, be sure to carry basic safety

SURVIVING COLD WATER

equipment. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD). And have one for each person on board. A PFD must fit well and be in good condition to meet Coast Guard requirements. You should also make sure that you have a throwable personal flotation device in the event that someone falls overboard. Other important safety gear include a tow line, jumper cables, an extra paddle or oar, a fire extinguisher, something to use for bailing out water in the event that your vessel takes some in, and audible and visual distress signaling devices such as a whistle, an air horn, an

Hypothermia can kill. Wearing a PFD can help reduce distress caused by sudden immersion in cold water. If you must enter the water, button up any clothing you can, put on your PFD, try to cover your head and enter the water slowly. If your boat capsizes, it will likely float on or just below the surface of the water. Try to get as much of your body out of the water as possible by climbing onto the boat. DO NOT discard clothing; it will help trap heat. Draw your knees up to lessen the escape of heat. If there are several people in the water, huddle together to help each other stay warm.

orange smoke device and flares.

HAVE

A

FLOAT PLAN

Anytime you go out in a boat it is a good idea to leave information regarding your travel plans with a responsible person that is not traveling with you. Details about where you are going, when you are leaving and when you plan to

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BE SHARP Alcohol, drugs, medications and fatigue can all impair your ability to reason and make sound judgments. Up to half of all boating accidents involve alcohol, and a person under the influence is up to 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than one who has not been drinking. Combining the


Photo cour tesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

effects of alcohol and cold water can also speed the onset

the water. Read your owner’s manual. And always wear your

of hypothermia, causing even good swimmers to drown.

personal flotation device when you’re out on the water. You

DO NOT drink, take any medication that might impair your

should also be aware that certain states have age restrictions

judgment, or do drugs and then operate your boat.

on personal watercraft operators.

CHECK IT OUT

WATER SKIING, KNEE BOARDING

Be sure to check that your boat is running properly before

It is important that the driver of the boat, the person being

casting off. Your vessel should be in top working condition

pulled and the observer all operate as a team. Each of

and free of fire or tripping hazards and any other conditions

you needs to know the equipment, the boating laws, the

that could result in injury.

fundamentals of the sports and how to work together to make

LOAD CAREFULLY When loading your boat, keep the load low and evenly distributed. When changing seats in a small boat, stay low and near the center. Be sure that you know your boat’s capacity; this should be labeled on a capacity plate on your boat. Don’t overload or use a motor that is too big for your vessel.

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT Personal watercraft ownership is increasing every year … and so are accidents related to these crafts. If you own a personal watercraft, you are a member of the boating community and need to follow basic safety and etiquette rules. It is a good idea to learn the water regulations and access rights and rules in your area. It is important that you know how to swim and operate your personal watercraft before taking it into

AND

TUBING

these water sports safe and fun. Make sure that you know and use hand signals, be careful that the area where you’re boating is free of obstacles, and, when you’re picking up a fallen skier, approach carefully from the driver’s side so that the skier is always visible. Turn off the engine when near a skier to avoid injury to them from the propeller.

LEARN MORE Improve your boating skills by taking a beginner or experienced boating safety course. The United States Power Squadron, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Sailing Association and the American Red Cross all offer boating safety courses that will teach you what you need to know to hit the waves safely. And taking a boating safety course might make you eligible for insurance discounts. Content provided by Foremost Insurance Company.

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Great Lakes

ANNUAL GREAT LAKES PHOTO CONTEST ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS Photographers from across the Great Lakes are asked to submit their best images demonstrating the majesty of the region. The Biodiversity Project’s Great Lakes Forever Program is once again teaming up with Budweiser to sponsor a photography contest that will not only capture the talents of area photographers, but help promote environmental awareness of these great national resources. Grand Prize winners will be selected from both professional and amateur photographers. Their original photographs will be featured on specially designed beer coasters, to be distributed to bars and restaurants throughout the Great Lakes region. The back of the coasters will feature a call to action as well as information on where to go online to get involved in protecting the Great Lakes. In efforts to raise public awareness for protecting and improving the health of the Great Lakes, the beer coaster campaign integrates environmental education into commonplace settings. In 2009, more than 240 photographers submitted more than 500 photos to the contest. The top two photographs were printed on the educational beer coasters and distributed in eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces. To participate, photographers 21 and older may go online and fill out a registration form. After completing a form, entrants are encouraged to submit up to three original photos of the Great Lakes, either online or

Shawn Hamer - September Shoreline, Grand Prize Winner, Professional Category 2009

through U.S. mail. Once the submitted photos are received, they will undergo two rounds of judging, first by the Great Lakes Forever/Budweiser team, and second in an online public voting session. greatlakesforever.org

BACTERIA CORRODING PORTS THREATEN JOBS Populations of fish and aquatic plant species in the Great

Another Great Lakes location where the bacteria are a

Lakes are recovering, due to large pollution decreases in

concern is on Lake Ontario at the Port of Oswego. The

these bodies of water. Although industrial sites, dumps and

public authority in charge of the port plans to inspect steel

farms continue to threaten the lakes, these bodies have

structures below water in about a year, by sending a diver

become much more welcoming to life.

down to search for damage caused by the microbe, namely

However, metal-corroding bacteria are also thriving, and threatening both structures that are below water and boat hulls that are comprised of steel. These include pilings that support bridges, bulkheads and piers. The speed at which

deep pitting. However, it is arguable whether the Port of Oswego government should wait a year; Lake Ontario’s wintry, icy conditions may quicken the speed of corrosion, according to a Lake Superior study.

steel is corroding is much faster than it would normally be

The continued existence of some businesses, and of some

because of the bacteria, according to lab tests. The price tag

of the tens of thousands of jobs dependent on work from the

for replacing the items in danger is potentially hundreds of

Great Lakes may be at risk, if employers must spend large

billions of dollars. One relatively small-scale example is the

amounts of money to replace infrastructure corroded by

estimated cost of replacing corroded steel pilings in Lake

the microbe.

Superior’s Duluth, Minn., harbor, which is more than $100 million. Part of the price is the loss of at least 50,000 pounds of steel annually, from corrosion from the microbe.

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TALL SHIPS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA The event “Tall Ships Erie 2010” will occur from Sept. 9 to 11.

Unfortunately, costs for bringing the ships in are still greater

Seven ships will participate in the first festival for tall ships in

than $50,000, leading the Niagara League to search for

Erie in the past 10 years, sponsored by the Flagship Niagara

volunteers and sponsors.

League. The Erie County Historical Society will partner with the group for its Heritage Festival on Sept. 11.

The end result will justify the work, say organizers and supporters. The Erie County Historical Society and the

In 2009, the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority

Flagship Niagara League hope that 30,000 to 50,000

researched whether they could successfully host such

individuals will visit Erie for their events, which showcase the

an event, but determined that the cost was prohibitive at

Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, especially the original

that point.

Brig Niagara and the important part it played.

This year, however, as a fundraiser for the Flagship Niagara

More than 5,000 visitors attended last year’s Heritage

League, the festival organizers have been able to convince

Festival. Each year, the festival wraps up with a free concert

ship owners to participate at a discount. This is a vast cost

by the Erie Philharmonic and fireworks.

reduction, compared to the otherwise high price tag for a

tallshipserie.com

promoter or the port to sign the tall ships for participation.

MUSKEGON LAKE’S TRANSFORMATION Photo by Kathleen Evans

Although it resembled a body of sewage from the 1960s to early 1970s, Muskegon Lake has since transformed into the largest deep-water port on Michigan’s western coast. It has become a multipurpose port, serving as a location for charter fishing trips, sailboat races, arrivals of the Lake Express Ferry and coal deliveries. Muskegon’s port used to serve mainly as an industrial center one or two generations ago, with multiple foundries, a paper mill, an engine manufacturing plant and a coal-burning power plant. For decades, heavy industrial usage and lumbering disfigured the shore. However, things have changed. Michigan now has recreational tourism activities, ferry transportation, commercial shipping and non-cargo commercial shipping, including marine construction. Of the four sectors that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment promote, the port has developed all of them. Muskegon’s port has developed so much, in fact, that the Michigan Port Collaborative, an organization comprised of shoreline communities, held its spring summit in Muskegon Harbor from May 20 to 21. The summit showcased Muskegon for up to 200 port promoters, who came from the nearly 100 communities holding port activities along the wide-ranging Great

Photo by Kelly N. Rice/JFNew

Lakes shorelines in Michigan. The path to the active port comes partly from the city’s decision in the late 1970s to adopt “a no industry on the lakefront” policy, in response to the city’s rejection of a North Star Steel plant, selecting instead, in 1975, an area on Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake has gradually become a location with a large amount of residential development, tourism and new marinas. epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/msklake.html

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Great Lakes

NEW LIGHTHOUSE ON LAKE ONTARIO During a storm in the year 1916, the

Photo by Dick Anderson

An example of the typical lighthouse

crash of an abandoned lighthouse into

story is the tower on Point Breeze.

Lake Ontario abruptly ended the reign

Before being decommissioned

of Point Breeze, N.Y., as a popular

in 1905, it sat at the end of one of

tourist destination. Its many daily visits

two piers at the Oak Orchard River

from individuals, steamboats and

mouth. In the year 1914, waves

schooners have since dwindled.

carried away pilings under the piers, an event that led to the fall of the

However, an economic revival may

lighthouse on Dec. 28, 1916.

be on the way, brought on by the construction of the replica of a 37-

When the lighthouse fell, interest in

foot lighthouse next to the harbor,

Point Breeze followed suit. This may

one of the first copies of an original

be partially because the enthusiasm

lighthouse. Between 1870 and 1915,

had been due to the lasting appeal

one-third of the more than 700

of lighthouses, which often comes

lighthouses built were constructed

from their placements in dramatic

along the Great Lakes. Since World

settings, and as traditional beacons

War I, however, their construction

of safety for sailors.

has been unusual. And the number of

The new lighthouse was finished in

lighthouses has decreased, as they

May, and a dedication ceremony will

generally topple over 10 to 15 years

occur in August.

after they have been abandoned.

oakorchardlighthouse.org

COAST GUARD AUXILIARY LAUNCHES NEW FLOTILLA IN UPPER MICHIGAN Celebrating the launch of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Manistique Flotilla 25-05, the first new Flotilla within the Ninth District in more than five years, U.S. Coast Guard Commander Karl Willis, director of Auxiliary Ninth District Cleveland, and Auxiliary Commodore Jerri Smith, Ninth District Central Region, spoke of the key role that Auxiliary members have played since 1941. This Flotilla’s key strategic location on Lake Michigan’s northern shore will fill a critical gap in response time for possible water rescues, supporting the Coast Guard’s ability to enhance its rescue efforts when called upon to do so. The Chartering Ceremony occurred on June 5 in Manistique, Mich., where the initial 19 Flotilla members were sworn

for opportunities, including participating in on-the-water

in by officers including Capt. Mark Huebschman. Capt.

boating patrols, acting as instructors of boating courses and

Huebschman explained how the creation of the Manistique

performing IT support functions. This Flotilla will also provide

Flotilla will most likely remove some of the strain placed on

basic boating classes in the near future, especially “About

the other flotillas, for possible water rescue events.

Boating Safely,” a basic boating course for operators of boats of all sizes. This course is critical for boat operators to obtain

The weekend activities in Manistique served as the initial training mission for the Manistique Flotillas members to qualify for “Boat Crew” missions, possible water search and

their Michigan “Safe Boating Certificates.” This certification is required by law for most Michigan boating operators who were born after 1978.

rescue operations and future training as the Flotilla grows. Flotilla members will be able to receive additional training

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cgaux.org


NOAA EXPEDITION PROBES LAKE HURON SHIPWRECK MYSTERY Photo by NOA A

A profile mosaic of the schooner Defiance constructed by archaeologists from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The mosaic provides a full view of the shipwreck.

A research expedition in May led by the National Oceanic

nationally-significant shipwrecks, but will be critical in their

and Atmospheric Administratoin (NOAA) in Thunder Bay

long-term preservation. The sanctuary will use this “baseline”

National Marine Sanctuary is attempting to unravel the mystery

to monitor future changes to the shipwrecks.

surrounding the collision and sinking of two Great Lakes commercial schooners in Lake Huron more than 150 years ago.

The data also will help the sanctuary nominate the wrecks to the National Register of Historic Places and interpret these

On Oct. 20, 1854, the John J. Audubon sailed north to

exciting shipwrecks through exhibits and programs at the

Chicago with a load of iron railroad tracks. At 1:30 a.m., the

sanctuary’s visitor center, the Great Lakes Maritime

southbound Defiance emerged from the darkness and fog,

Heritage Center.

striking the Audubon’s mid-section. The collision reportedly opened a deep gash in the Audubon’s hull, and severely damaged the Defiance. The Audubon sank quickly, though the Defiance struggled on, finally sinking just a few miles away. Miraculously, both crews survived. Today, the Defiance and Audubon rest mostly intact in more than 180 feet of water. A team of archaeologists, historians and divers is hoping to determine what happened that ill-fated morning, a period when the press for speed and profit encouraged shipping companies to take greater risks on the Great Lakes. The team will document the sites with carefully drawn survey

The team will also evaluate several other historic shipwrecks in the region, including the steamer Messenger, which the sanctuary discovered in 190 feet of water off Rogers City, Mich., in 2008. Expedition partners include Thunder Bay and Monitor National Marine Sanctuaries, the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology, and the University of Connecticut’s Marine Sciences Diving Program. Located in northwestern Lake Huron, the 448-squaremile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America’s best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks.

maps, individual and panoramic photographs, and video. The

thunderbay.noaa.gov

research will not only reveal the stories preserved in these

LAKE ERIE BOAT WEEK Lake Erie Boat Week is a new national boating festival that is scheduled to be held September 7 to 12, headquartered at the Huron (Ohio) Boat Basin, with activities on Lake Erie and the Huron River. Lake Erie Boat Week is expected to attract more than 100,000 people and will have the potential to bring $5 to $10 million to the local Erie Islands economy. The Lake Erie Boat Week event will consist of a Powerboat Regatta, a “Fastest Boat on Lake Erie” competition held on Lake Erie, and an American Powerboat Racing (APR) Powerboat Superleague powerboat race (100-mph boats), held in the Huron River and at the Huron Boat Basin, in the extremely popular Lake Erie Shores and Islands region. lakeerieboatweek.com

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Fishing

ANGLERS CAN HELP DOCUMENT LAMPREYS

Photo credit: M. Gaden

Bloodsucking lamprey fish may soon become better documented, due to efforts by angler groups, charter boat associations, Michigan Sea Grant educators and other agencies. These organizations are joining together to bring fishermen and women onboard to help catalogue fish that have received wounds from lampreys, or that are caught with lampreys. The program, called “Lamprey Hunter,” may help resource managers to assess whether lamprey control efforts are working, and to follow the species in the future, state Great Lakes Fishery Commission officials. In the 1930s, after the eel-like, parasitic sea lampreys entered the St. Lawrence Seaway and moved from there into the Great Lakes, they succeeded in destroying local fish populations.

The program now has a total of approximately 110 individuals

Although barriers and chemicals distributed by resource

signed up, with about 31 from Wisconsin, 40 from Michigan

managers have led numbers of the bloodsucking population

and 39 from other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.

to drop by 90 percent, the species continues to survive in almost all Michigan waterways.

Visit the program’s web site to register, to learn to identify lamprey, and to note whether wounds from the lampreys are

Four years ago, the idea for the Lamprey Hunter program

healed or fresh and whether they have caught fish that are

formed in a fishing club in Milwaukee, and, since last year, has

free of wounds.

become well-known due to efforts by Sea Grant educators.

glfc.org/lampreyhunters

DNRE SURVEY A Michigan Angler Survey Program run

attempting to determine the number of

Additional reasons for the program

by the state’s Department of Natural

fish harvested, the amount of time spent

include gaining an understanding of

Resources and Environment (DNRE)

fishing, and the fish targeted. Clerks will

the importance of various lakes to the

is requesting information from anglers

ask anglers questions, including where

individuals who fish them, including

for the department at rivers, lakes and

they live, how much fish they caught

which ones they visit from long

Great Lakes ports.

during how long a period and for what

distances, versus which bodies of water

species they were fishing. Clerks may

serve mainly local anglers.

The survey is short, and the goal is to learn how to better manage fisheries, by

ask for small samples, and to weigh or measure catches.

michigan.com/dnrfishing

STURGEON FLOURISHING IN WISCONSIN Upper Wisconsin is home to one of the largest sturgeon

As the fish lay their eggs, they are in close proximity to the

populations in the world. The species has survived despite

thousands of humans who visit the tributaries of the Lake

facing the unidentified cause of extinction for the dinosaurs,

Winnebago system to see this very act. The sturgeon resemble

overfishing and habitat destruction. It endures due to multiple

sharks and catfish, and can grow as large as 300 pounds. The

aspects of life in Wisconsin: spring spawning that is well-

prehistoric nature of the species is a draw, as is its appearance.

protected, poaching legislation, strict spearing limits and actions taken to restock the sturgeon. The population of lake sturgeon has returned to the size it likely was in the 1800s in Lake Winnebago—about 40,000. It decreased to 10,000 halfway through the next century, and, by this year, had dropped to less than 1 percent of its early 1800s population, or approximately 156,750, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

When individuals come to see the spawning, three local cities grow $350,000 richer. Instances of poaching may increase as the sturgeon population grows in Lake Winnebago, but currently amount to only a few reported cases every year. Although sturgeon spearing is legal in Wisconsin, it is only allowable for up to 5 percent of the population by the Department of Natural Resources. dnr.wi.gov

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VHS LESS OF A THREAT Large die-offs of fish from one infectious disease have been contained partly because of efforts from Great Lakes boaters and anglers during the past four years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2006, aggressive regulatory measures became necessary in Michigan and Lake St. Clair when Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) was discovered, and was found to be the cause of many local fish deaths. Programs in community education were also formed to deal with the issue. Although VHS has been discovered in all of the Great Lakes, the number of fish deaths has significantly decreased. • Do not transfer water between locations or sources. Although VHS will remain in the lakes, if anglers and boaters • Clean any mud or debris from vehicles and equipment

are careful to implement cleaning, then containment of the

between water sources.

virus in its current locations is possible. Steps include the following:

• Follow all fish health regulations in your state.

• Do not move fish between water sources.

• Report fish die offs or fish with external lesions to your state fisheries department.

• Do not dispose of fish or by-products, including unused bait, focusonfishhealth.org

in any body of water.

Photo by David Chilson

FOR TOP-NOTCH FISHING, VISIT LAKE ONTARIO Captain Jack’s on May 9. The contest had produced the Grand Prize Leader Anthony T. Mang from Youngstown, N.Y., with a 32-pound, 14-ounce salmon.

To participate in an event similar to the derby, patience, gear and experience are all helpful. To move forward with such a goal, keep in mind the following guidelines: • Venture out in springtime in New York; the warm water will draw baitfish. • Use a lure with heavy wire line and lead-core, or with a Lake Ontario now holds trout and salmon large enough to be trophy-worthy, despite a New York-state reduction in

downrigger, an item that moves the lure to a preferred depth. • Tackle with a universal rig will include a rod specifically for

stocking, and difficulties with water diseases and invasive

downrigger or heavy action that is 7.5 to 8.5 feet long, with a

species. Beginning in the 1970s, a large stocking program

15-pound test line.

and pollution control have helped the 7,500-square mile Lake Ontario to become a top-notch fishery. The rates of survival of young fish raised in hatcheries have improved, helped by pen-rearing projects run by privately-owned conservation clubs. They have helped the king, or Chinook salmon, to increase their weight to more than 30 pounds in the autumn.

• Lures can be customized with a variety of scents, paint and tape; styles include J-plugs, spoons and stickbaits. • Electronics today will combine boat speed, depth and water temperature indicators with a fish locator. • For good eating, keep the side fillets and ignore the fatty bottom.

The Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout & Salmon Derby wrapped up with an awards ceremony at Sodus Point’s

loc.org

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YACHT CLUB PROFILE: MENTOR HARBOR YACHTING CLUB MHYC is a welcoming and growing club that offers its members the best of services from a dedicated staff to a protected, well-maintained harbor, with facilities second to none. The club’s fleets include Power Fleet, Sail Cruise and Sail Race. Membership options include Full, Junior (designed for those aged 18 to 40), and Associate, or Social, classifications. The gracious and inviting clubhouse is where you will find the MHYC lounge for waterfront dining. Hospitality on the patio near the lounge is a refreshing choice with harborside and poolside views. In addition, the banquet room is a sophisticated place for weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Beachfront amenities include a pavilion, showers, grills and opportunities to make memories around bonfires on the beach. For more than 50 years, Mentor Harbor’s Junior Programs have educated, trained and excited future generations of boaters, yachtsmen and professional sportsmen. Beginner sail, sail/swim camp and swim team/swim lessons are all available. When planning your visit to Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, customize your experience with dock and dining reservations Mentor Harbor Yachting Club (MHYC), located in Mentor-onthe-Lake, Ohio, is one of the premier yachting clubs on the Great Lakes. Since 1928, the club has been one of the most pleasant places on Lake Erie, providing both a quiet, relaxing environment and the convenience of being close to the

at (440) 257-7214. GPS Coordinates N 41º 43.54’ W 81º 21.13’ VHF 16 is monitored by the gas dock.

Greater Cleveland area. mhyc.us

ONONDAGA YACHT CLUB CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF BOATING The Onondaga Yacht Club (OYC), located by Onondaga Lake

Weekly handicap races are held and the club also offers adult

Park in Liverpool, N.Y., is celebrating 125 years of “boating

and youth sailing instructions, programs for Junior Sailing,

and friendship on Onondaga Lake,” and is hoping to attract

Sea Scouts and supervised recreational sailing.

new members.

During the season, the OYC holds weekly handicap races,

Founded in 1885, the club is affiliated with the Oswego

and in September, there is a long-distance race, which is one

Maritime Foundation, Yachting Clubs of America and the

lap around Onondaga Lake. Social activities include picnics

Central New York Yacht Racing Association.

and dinners. home.roadrunner.com/~oyccny // (315) 457-9786

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YC

LEECH LAKE REGATTA The Leech Lake Regatta (LLR) is a multi-class sailboat race run by a volunteer committee of the Shores of Leech Lake Yacht Club located in Walker, Minn. The LLR is a three-day event for sailors that includes racing, sailing, campfires, music and camaraderie. The regatta will be held from Aug. 14 to 16, and if registration is completed by Aug. 7, the fee is $75. After Aug. 7, the registration fee will be $100. The regatta fee includes administration of the threeday race and two tickets to the awards banquet. per night. The campsite fee is based on two adults and two All LLR participants must register with both the LLR Race

children. For other lodging options, contact the

Committee and Shores of Leech Lake. Mooring of boats in

Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shores harbor or on the beach is $15 per night. The fee for crew and LLR guests sleeping on Shores premises is $10 per night. This fee applies to crew sleeping in a boat, tent,

It is highly recommended that every LLR racer have a VHF radio tuned to channel 18.

camper or car. There are a few RV campsites available for $45

shoresofleechlake.com/regatta

CHARLEVOIX YACHT CLUB TO HOST RED FOX REGATTA

The Charlevoix Yacht Club of Charlevoix, Mich., will hold its annual Red Fox Regatta from Sept. 4 to 5. The regatta was originally designed as a social event in 1970 in which members of the Boyne City Yacht Club sailed their boats to a rendezvous point in Horton Bay on Lake Charlevoix. The intention was to raft up and enjoy dinner at the Red Fox Inn. Eventually the Boyne City sailors invited members of the newly formed Charlevoix Yacht Club to join them at the inn, and the casual cruise evolved into a race to Horton Bay. During the 1970s, the event became more formal with the formation of a race committee, set start and finish lines, scored results and awards presentations. Though the Red Fox Inn closed, the tradition continued with the race starting around the Charlevoix buoys, followed by a series in Horton Bay and finishing with a series of buoys near Boyne City, with the reverse following the next day. Sailors from Boyne City Yacht Club, Grand Traverse City Yacht Club of Traverse City and Little Traverse Yacht Club of Harbor Springs participate in the competition. charlevoixyachtclub.org

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MARINA PROFILE: WASHBURN MARINA

Marinas

Washburn Marina is a natural, deepwater harbor, on the shores of Chequamegon Bay, in western Lake Superior. Providing easy access to outstanding fishing and sailing, it is the gateway to the Apostle Islands. Conveniently located in the coastal community of Washburn, Wis., the marina has 138 slips. Touting more than three acres of land space and 30,000 square feet of indoor storage space,

outboards, hull work from minor gel coat repairs to complete

the marina accommodates both recreational boaters and

refurbishing and painting, electrical and electronic repairs

commercial vessels. A 150-ton Travelift makes hauling and

and installation, rigging and woodworking is offered.

launching a wide variety of vessels possible. Seasonal, trailered boat storage is a valued amenity that is Boaters at the Washburn Marina enjoy clean grounds and

offered to boaters near and far for the option of keeping a

restrooms with showers, picnic areas with gas grills and a

boat on the trailer and taking advantage of the quality launch

friendly staff. A short walk takes them to the main street

ramp when needed. Better yet, a menu of services ranging

of Washburn.

from launching and hauling the boat, to fueling and stocking,

The marina offers a full complement of services and products. The fueling station is easily accessible to all with ethanol-free gasoline and diesel. A pump-out station is also available. The Ship Store boasts a wide selection of marine supplies to serve the needs of the boating public. It includes stainless steel fasteners, boat maintenance and cleaning supplies, safety equipment, electrical wire, parts and connectors, dock line, paint, epoxies and resins with application materials. Washburn Marina has a year-round, full-service department with more than 75 years of combined experience in boat service and repair. Everything from complete mechanical service on gas and diesel motors, inboard, outdrive and

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to cleaning and waxing, are available to save boaters time and money. The staff at the marina are sensitive to the environment and the pristine condition of Lake Superior. They have pledged to become one of Wisconsin’s first “Clean Marinas.” washburnmarina.com


VALVTECT COMPLETES TESTING OF MARINA FUEL TANKS All Certified ValvTect Marinas must have their fuel tanks tested before they are allowed to sell ValvTect marine fuels. Follow up tests are conducted up to twice a year thereafter. Special hydroscopic fuel filters are required to be installed to help ensure fuels are free of contamination. Gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas too frequently contain excess water and other contaminants, such as bacteria, algae and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boat fuel tanks and can cause permanent engine damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel makes this situation even worse. Marinas that do not pass the test must have their tanks treated, cleaned and retested before they can sell ValvTect marine fuels. Marinas that pass the test are awarded a “Certification of Free Storage Tank” certificate that can be displayed on the fuel dock. Boaters can look for the certificate indicating that the marina’s fuel tanks have been tested and certified free of contamination. ValvTect fuels are specially formulated for marine engines to prevent ethanol and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel problems. valvtect.com

Fuel storage tanks at Certified ValvTect Marinas are tested for water, bacteria and other contamination up to twice a year.

FORMER MARINA TO BE TRANSFORMED City lawmakers in North Tonawanda,

Niagara River property, has substantial

signage, public-access trails, a new

N.Y., have agreed to hire a consultant to

plans for the site and has submitted a

picnic point and the development of

conduct a redevelopment study for the

proposal to the Niagara River Greenway

services at a reconstructed boathouse.

unused, city-owned former marina on

Commission that outlined a $5 million

the Niagara River at 1000 River Rd.

redevelopment project.

Funds to pay for the study will come

The proposed work would include

$300,000 from the Host Community

from the city’s approved capital budget,

rewiring the electrical system for the

Standing Committee, which consists of

which calls for borrowing $100,000 for

docks, dock reconstruction, shoreline

representatives from local governments

improvements to the site. The city, which

stabilization and dredging. Plans also

and the New York Power Authority.

has twice tried and failed to sell the

call for reconstruction of a lighthouse,

In its proposal to the commission, the city said it plans to request

BUFFALO MARINA REDEFINED Just a few years ago, the Niagara Frontier Transportation

foot boats. New pump-out facilities and fuel docks and tanks

Authority (NFTA), in Buffalo, N.Y., was eager to rid itself of the

were also added. The site has morphed into the Great Lakes’

former Small Boat Harbor and anticipated turning over the

biggest marina, with 1,005 slips for vessels up to 40 feet long.

facility to New York State for use as a park. The attorney general had even approved a written agreement with the state, but the deal fell through when the state was overwhelmed by financial problems.

There are also new bicycle and walking paths along the Outer Harbor Greenway. The facility hosts Bill’s Boat Works, a marine supply and maintenance business; Seven Seas Sailing School; a new fishing charter service; and Dug’s Dive,

As a result, the NFTA changed course and spent more than $1

a restaurant with a full-service bar and everything from hot

million on refurbishing the steel docks, the main pier and the

dogs to lobster sandwiches.

south launch ramp, and adding electrified docks for 30- and 40-

nftaboatharbor.com

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Cruising

STOP AT BARBUDA’S LIGHTHOUSE BAY RESORT When hopping from Caribbean island to Caribbean island on a sailing adventure, take some time to experience the Lighthouse Bay Resort. This intimate, boutique resort is nestled on the largely undeveloped Barbuda, an island known for its soft, pink-and-white sand and succulent lobster. From the calm waters that surround Barbuda, boaters can see the Lighthouse Bay Resort resting on a narrow strip of land. Stop at the beachside Lagoon Café to savor the culinary creations of Chef Lenox Cadogan while gazing upon the quiet, 17-mile stretch of beach. Relax at the Lighthouse Bay Bar and enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine—all just steps from the beach, with a hammock, lounge chairs and umbrellas. Ascend to the top of the bar for a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Caribbean, separated by only 400 feet of tropical paradise, or of the stars twinkling in the moonlight under the clear night sky. Visitors are welcome to stay in one of the resort’s nine exclusive rooms, all with views of the Caribbean from the

calling, wireless Internet available on an in-room laptop,

rear of the suite and of the lagoon from the suite’s front. The

flat-screen TV with satellite reception, or an iPod-compatible,

resort provides complimentary, direct-dial international

surround sound stereo. lighthousebarbuda.com // (888) 214-8552

OCEAN SAILING SEMINARS The Cruising Rally Association of Hampton, Va., will hold two-day, ocean sailing seminars from Sept. 18 to 19. The seminars will focus on the essential skills of successful passage-making for short-handed crews of cruising sailboats from 30 to 70 feet in length. Small class sizes will allow for personalized discussions about the realities of open

months to come. Content has been developed from more than

ocean sailing. Attendees will receive information on how to

20 years of experience, with participants in our Caribbean

prepare their boats and crew, select gear, and respond to the

1500 and Atlantic Cup Rallies.

challenges of ocean sailing.

The registration fee for the seminars is $295, plus $250 for

Ocean Sailing Seminar speakers are experienced offshore

an additional person, refundable up to two weeks prior to the

sailors and skilled communicators. They will become your

seminar date, minus a $50 cancellation charge.

advisors as you prepare for your first offshore passage in the

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carib1500.com/seminars


LAKE CUMBERLAND RAFT UP The Lake Cumberland Association is promoting the largest

more than two miles of beach area for houseboats to “beach

event ever held on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland: the “Lake

up” along the shoreline. Cruisers, runabouts, pontoons, fishing

Cumberland Raft Up 2010.” It will be a lake-wide event

boats and others may anchor, backing up to the houseboats,

attempting to break the world-record number of boats rafted,

forming a long, oblong circle of continual boats. This will be the

or moored, together simultaneously. All marinas on the lake

largest party yet on Lake Cumberland. A designated FM radio

will provide a full weekend of fun and festivities from Friday,

station will provide party music during the event.

Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 15, with the actual raft up taking place on Saturday, Aug. 14, between noon and 5 p.m.

Lake Cumberland currently has 72 square miles of water with an average depth of 60 feet. Make plans to not only

Representatives from Guinness World Records will be present

experience, but to participate in, breaking the Guinness World

to adjudicate the event. Participants may register online or

Record at the first annual “Lake Cumberland Raft Up.”

at any of the nine marinas located on Lake Cumberland. The

lakecumberlandraftup.com

association encourages all boaters from the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana or Tennessee to join in with the Lake Cumberland boating community with boats of any size, even row boats or canoes. The association is expecting this to become the annual, Lake Cumberland-area signature event. Each marina has its own sense of community, but the Lake Cumberland Association’s goals are for everyone to come together to experience the pride and camaraderie of the entire lake region, and to encourage participants to experience as many marinas as possible during the raft-up weekend. The event will take place near Tate Landing, also known as Monticello Beach. The location is across from the “Shin Bone,” just west of Conley Bottom. There are

CATALINA 22 GREAT LAKES CRUISE Catalina 22 Fleet 130 has planned a cruise from the F. Grant Moore Municipal Marina in Boyne City, Mich., to Harbor Springs on Little Traverse Bay, Mich., from Aug. 1 to 7. The cruise will balance sailing with sightseeing in Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. The majority of the destinations are marinas that are each within a short walk to downtown shops,

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those who don’t want to miss out on the fun. The fleet will stay at four different marinas for a total of six nights: Boyne City on Aug. 1 and 6, Charlevoix on Aug. 2 and 5, Petoskey on Aug. 3 and Harbor Springs on Aug. 4.

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National Peter Hoffman/Aurora

25TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP On Sept. 25, the Ocean Conservancy will activate the world’s largest volunteer network for our oceans, lakes, and rivers through the 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Marine debris from single-use shopping bags to abandoned fishing nets is a threat to marine ecosystems, coastal economies, wildlife and even human health. Sharp items like syringes, metal and glass pose a direct threat of injury while toxins that leach from trash pose long-term, unknown risks. Trash that reaches the ocean can outlive us by generations— traveling long distances, breaking down into smaller pieces but never truly disappearing, and affecting the ocean and marine life in ways we don’t yet fully understand. Each year, many marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds and other animals are sickened, injured or killed because of trash left in the sea.

world’s only global snapshot of what is trashing our oceans Last year, more than 500,000 volunteers from more than 100

and waterways.

countries gathered together to remove more than 7 million pounds of marine debris. But they didn’t just remove trash

Beginning in early August, individuals can search for cleanup

and debris—they recorded data on every piece of trash

sites near them by zip code or hometown on the web site.

they found, helping the Ocean Conservancy to develop the

oceanconservancy.org

JOHN SMITH SHALLOP ARRIVES AT THE NATIONAL SAILING HALL OF FAME Sultana Projects’ John Smith Shallop has completed the 60-mile voyage from Chestertown, Md., across the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis and the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The Shallop will become the centerpiece of a six-month, in-water exhibit about the history of John Smith’s 1607 to 1609 voyages on the Chesapeake Bay and the National Park Service’s new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Built by Sultana Projects in 2005, the John Smith Shallop is a 28-foot replica of the small boat used by Capt. John Smith to explore and map the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. In 2007, Sultana’s replica Shallop was used to make a 121-day, 1,500-mile reenactment of John Smith’s 1608 voyages, which served as the official inauguration for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail—America’s first National Water Trail. Today, the John Smith Shallop continues to travel to sites around the Chesapeake Bay, serving as a roving ambassador for the John Smith Trail. johnsmith400.org/theshallop.htm

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KCS INTERNATIONAL, INC., REHIRES 100 EMPLOYEES KCS International, Inc., the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, is rehiring 100 employees to work on new orders for both brands. An upturn in the economy this year has lead to increased sales in domestic, Asian and Latin American markets, making it possible for former employees to return to work. “The growth we have already seen this year has us very optimistic,” said Mark Pedersen, president of KCS International, Inc. “The months ahead are looking quite bright as we re-establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading yacht manufacturers. Because of our projections, we want to encourage people looking for work to consider joining the Cruisers Yachts and Rampage family. We always welcome resumes from skilled workers.” New yacht orders have expanded production, creating a bit of a backlog for vessels. This growth has been met with certain supplier lead time issues.

CANADA MOVES TO STRENGTHEN CROSS-BORDER WATER LAWS Canada plans to protect its massive stores of fresh water

covers several bodies of water, including the Great Lakes,

with new legislation that would strengthen prohibitions on

and closes gaps in existing water protections.

bulk water removal, particularly on rivers that cross into the United States. If passed, the law would create new powers of inspection and introduce fines of up to $5.9 million for companies that try to export and sell water. The bill, which fulfills a 2008 promise by the Conservative

Water supply has increasingly become both an economic and security issue as rising populations have increased demand, while industrialization and drought have hurt water sources. Water in natural waterways is not covered by the trade rules of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

government, complements existing provincial legislation that

WRECK TREK SHOWCASES FLORIDA KEYS’ SHIPWRECK TRAIL Certified divers can explore the Florida Keys’ most appealing

After one wreck dive in each district of the Keys is

feature—a string of sunken vessels and artificial reefs—and

accomplished, divers receive a personalized collage of Keys’

be awarded for logging back-to-back wreck dives or dives on

wrecks suitable for framing. Upon completing all nine wreck

subsequent visits through Jan. 1, 2012.

dives, qualifying divers are entered into a drawing for one of

Divers taking up the challenge receive an Official Florida Keys Wreck Trek logbook upon reserving dive trips with

several grand prizes including dive equipment and dive-andstay lodging packages.

participating dive shops. The dive passport highlights nine

Each wreck varies in skill level, and divers are encouraged

shipwrecks from Key Largo to Key West, including Spiegel

to contact participating dive operators for information about

Grove, Duane, Bibb, Eagle, Thunderbolt, Adolphus Busch Sr.,

the wrecks.

Cayman Salvager, Joe’s Tug and Vandenberg.

fla-keys.com/diving/wrecktrek

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Sailing

ALL NEW BAY WEEK New-and-improved, the 2010 Senior Sail Regatta, better known as Bay Week, promises to bring more boats to Put-In-Bay, Ohio, this summer. In response to participant input, this year’s regatta will be a weekend format, Aug. 6 to 8, with the Deepwater and Steeplechase feeder races scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, depending on local club scheduling. There are courses planned for one-design, PHRF/JAM, centerboard and cruising classes, with more races per day than in past years, both windward/leeward and around-the-islands. The $30 per person social package provides food and drinks at all

evening functions. This year’s event features new race officers and new race management. Online registration is available. i-lya.org

CANADIAN LASER MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS The Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club (SLSC), located in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada, will host the 2010 Canadian Laser Masters’ Championships from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, July 25. The Mid Ontario Championship Regatta, which is a major Laser competition in Ontario, has been held at the club since 1972. In 2008, the SLSC hosted the Provincial Laser Masters Championship Regatta, and last year it hosted the District 3 Laser and Radial Championship Regatta. All Masters ages 35 and over are eligible to participate in the race, and organizers anticipate that Canadian and international Master sailors from across North America will register for the competition. slsc.ca/cdn-masters

VERVE CUP REGATTA competitors. Held along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, the Verve Cup Regatta will attract 250 to 300 yachts in the offshore regattas for Photo courtesy of Chicago Yacht Club

the three-day event. Participating yachts range in size from 25 feet to 80 feet in length, and carry crew from four to 20 persons. During the regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club will welcome more than 3,000 racers, spouses and guests at their Monroe Harbor clubhouse. These participants are treated to three days of top-quality racing, followed by food, entertainment and camaraderie. Competitors participate in multiple races, and each boat sails either with a rating handicap or a one design so that vessels of different sizes and characters can compete against one From Aug. 20 to 22, the Chicago Yacht Club will host the 18th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. The event is one of the premier yachting events for racing sailors in Chicago and the Midwest/Great Lakes. As one of the only major offshore regattas held in the United States during the month of August, the Verve Cup has developed as a worldclass event, attracting national and international sailing

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another in one of the 18-plus racing sections. Overall prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each section, with one offshore boat winning the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup Trophy dates from 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy. Overall awards are awarded for each class of boat. vervecup.com


RACINE CATAMARAN CHAMPIONSHIPS The 2010 Racine Catamaran Championships will be held Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13, at the Racine Yacht Club (RYC) in Racine, Wis. A separate two-day racing event, the Lighthouse Regatta, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8. Registration and measurement will take place from Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8, adjacent to the RYC. The host for the event is the Catamaran Racing Association of Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Racine Yacht Club, as selected by the North American Formula 18 Class Association and the International Nacra Class Association, under the authority of US SAILING. Members of the Formula 16 Class are invited to participate, but the event has no “official status” among the North American Formula 16 Class Association. crawsailing.org

LAKE MICHIGAN CLIPPER CUP The annual Clipper Cup race, which will be held on Aug. 13, is administered jointly by Harbour Towne Yacht Club in Muskegon, Mich., and Port Washington Yacht Club in Port Washington, Wis. The race will start off of the Muskegon, Mich., pier heads on Lake Michigan’s east side, and will finish at the Port Washington Marina in Wisconsin on the lake’s west side, for a distance of 68.4 miles. clippercup.com

THE CLAGETT EXPANDS AGAIN disabilities. From Aug. 23 to 26, the Clagett will welcome able-bodied sailors to compete in two of the four classes raced in the competition: the single person 2.4 Metre and the Sonar, whose three-person crew must include at least one sailor with disabilities. This move should result in not only more boats on the starting line, but also in a more challenging level of competition in these fleets. Photo by Dan Tucker

Activities will commence on Aug. 23 with the traditional, one-day clinic that will once again find world champion sailors sharing their expertise on everything from racing rules to match racing techniques. On the water, racing will take place Aug. 24 to 26, with the blind sailors racing for the 2010 Blind Sailing National Championship title. The Responding to requests from competitors, the organizers of

clinic and regatta are open to both U.S. and

the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta are

foreign competitors.

once again expanding the scope of this event for sailors with

clagettregatta.org

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NEW PRODUCTS

BLUE SHARK The Line-Shark® Deluxe Blue Shark is a magnetic boat hook that is strong enough to pick up a boat anchor magnetically. It makes it easier and safer to handle your dock lines. The marina boat owners who have dedicated lines attached to their slips may choose to use this item. Other uses include key chain retrieval and tools lost in the bilge. $49.95 // (800) 554-2679 // line-shark.com

SHAKESPEARE’S CRUISENET Similar to a broadband connection at home, Shakespeare’s CruiseNet delivers Internet access to boat owners through cellular networks. Once this compact router is installed and connected to a computer, owners have automatic access to the high-speed cellular network. With the wireless Wi-Fi option, users can even take their laptops dockside. Shakespeare offers CruiseNet systems to meet the needs of various cellular networks. $1,259.95 // (803) 227-1590 // shakespeare-marine.com

ANCHORSUIT™ The AnchorSuit™ from Alongshore Products, LLC, is a neoprene wetsuit-type cover for the fluke anchor, which is well-known for its sharp, pointed edges. The cover prevents this type of anchor from causing damage and injury to boats and boaters alike. $69.95, $79.95 or $89.95 // (508) 636 -5255 // AnchorSuit.com

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BOAT CARE & FEEDING

IBS DUAL-BATTERY SYSTEM Extreme Outback Products now offers the Intelligent Battery System (IBS), a computerized dual-battery manager. This state-of-the-art system uses a micro-computer to either isolate or link multiple batteries as needed. Normal operation separates the starting battery from the auxiliary one, to safely power electrical accessories when the vessel is not running. An override button links the batteries for high-load situations or for self jump-starting. An in-cabin monitor that shows each battery’s state of charge is available. $379.95 // (866) 447-7711 // extremeoutback.com

FIBERGLASS STAIN REMOVER Fiberglass Stain Remover from Davis Instruments lifts discolored marks and dirt without harming the fiberglass. It is a unique, easy-touse, non-abrasive gel designed for difficult-to-clean stainless steel, white-painted and gelcoat surfaces. It removes rust, oil, exhaust, waterline and transom stains. $10.99 or $29.99 // (510) 732-9229 // davisnet.com

CHADD PADD® The new, patented Chadd Padd® is a multi-purpose, spill-response solution; a reusable mat that catches and contains fuel before it becomes a problem. The waterproof Chadd Padd is anti-static-treated and can hold up to 4.5 ounces of petroleum products. It accommodates most filler ports for refueling or adding oil. The pad is also disposable, in accordance with applicable regulations. $9.95 or $34.95 // (888) EZ-FUEL-8 // chaddpadd.com

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FUEL POLISHER The highly efficient FPM-050 Fuel Polishing Module from Parker Energy Systems quietly polishes 50 gallons of diesel fuel each day. This fuel recirculation system keeps fuel clean and dry. It prevents contaminant build-up in diesel, bio-diesel and kerosene. When operating with clean fuel, diesel engines run more smoothly, reducing emissions. $587 // (877) 217-4501 // parkerfuelpolishing.com

“ FOUL RELEASE� PROTECTION Within minutes, this Easy-Spray Hull Wax provides extra performance, full-season protection and an easier-to-clean surface. A 14-ounce spray bottle will treat a hull up to 24 feet long, and can be applied to fiberglass, aluminum, wood, fabric inflatables and boat fenders. Easy-Spray was developed as an alternative to antifouling paints. $39.95 // (800) 563-5947 // alexmilne.com

DURAHUB EXTREME The Durahub Extreme Bearing Protectors by Couplemate are engineered to allow owners to easily inspect bearing wear. In one glance, trailer owners can identify the grease condition inside the wheel hub. If containments have entered the bearing cavity, the product indicates the bearing needs to be removed and re-packed. Each unit is pre-tested under water, and can be completely submerged without corrosive damage. $64.38 // couplematetrailerpar ts.com

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MARINE MART 18’ Wood Lafitte Skiff: Cajun built. Bells, whistles, horns, brass. Volvo Penta 3 cylinder, turbo diesel inboard. HD, DP trailer, w/1989 GMC towing pickup. 305 V-8, auto, AC.

1969 30’ Lyman Express Cruiser: Twin 250 Crusaders, new camperback screens, i’sing glass, second owner for 35 years, inside winter storage, new upholstery following Lyman orginal. Email bamboolkwd@bge.net Vermilion, OH. Asking $35,000.

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1964 Lyman 25’ Sleeper model: Cuddy cabin w/marine head, 327 cu. in. Gray Marine Fireball engine. All canvas including bimini, side curtains and mooring cover. Includes 6,000 lb., all-galvanized Karavan trailer. Stored indoors and can be seen anytime with appointment. (414) 764-5949. $16,000. 1985 26’ 29’LOA Carver Montego: In water & ready. 350cid New Merc outdrive 2009. 6 ft.+headroom, midcabin, galley, pumpout head, hot pressure water, tele & transom showers, halon, Datamarine speed/ dist. Log. (724) 301-0709. $7,500. 1994 Tiara 29’ Open: Excellent condition. Twin gas Crusader 350s. Raytheon electronics (radar, autopilot, VHF/hailer, video echo sounder.) New canvas. Electric planner board reels, rod holders, much more. See www.LokeLures.com. (586) 725-5911. Reduced to $69,900.

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2002 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer: Excellent condition, low hours. Twin 350 MPI Horizons with V-drives. Radar/ chart plotter/a.c. For photos/info call Gregg @ (414) 573-9500. Asking $88,000. 1985 38’ Ocean Yachts: Excellent condition. Twin 454s. Raytheon radar and depth finder. Autopilot, VHF, Loran-C. New canvas. Superior maintenance. (847) 615-1212. $77,900 OBO.

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JULY 15-18 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series 2010 Bay City Port Bay City

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JULY 24 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Chicago Yacht Club Chicago cyracetomackinac

AUGUST 20-22 Verve Cup Chicago Yacht Club

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INDIANA AUGUST 19-22 Michigan City In-Water Boat Show Washington Park Michigan City

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michigancityboatshow.com

MICHIGAN JULY 7-11 Harbor Beach Maritime Festival Harbor/Trescott St. Pier Harbor Beach

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(989) 479-6477

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JULY 9-11 APBA Gold Cup Detroit River Detroit

sailtraining.org

JULY 17 Bayview Mackinac Race Bayview Yacht Club Detroit

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AUGUST 25 Aqua Palooza MacRay Harbor Harrison Township

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JULY 17 St. Clair Antique & Classic Boat Show St. Clair Municipal Arena St. Clair

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SEPTEMBER 10 Lake Michigan Solo Scramble Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Holland solosailor.org/lmscramble.php

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JULY 30 - AUGUST 1 Little Traverse Yacht Club Regatta Littlle Traverse Yacht Club Harbor Springs

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ltyc.org

JULY 31 Blue Water Antique & Classic Boat Show River Street Marina Port Huron

sailtraining.org

bwacbs@greatlakes.net

JULY 22-25 Harborfest Lakefront/Oswego River venues Oswego

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AUGUST 5-8 Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix Washington Park Michigan City

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JANUARY

oswegoharborfest.com

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AUGUST 6-8 Holland Big Red Classic Sport Fishing Tournament Yacht Basin Marina Holland bigredclassic.com

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AUGUST 7 Boats at the Barns Gilmore Car Museum Hickory Corners

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AUGUST 13 Clipper Cup Harbour Towne Yacht Club Muskegon

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JULY 30 - AUGUST 1 Clayton Antique Boat Show & Auction Antique Boat Museum campus Clayton

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AUGUST 21 Cayuga Lake Bass Tournament Union Springs Launch Union Springs

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ktbabassclub.com

gilmorecarmuseum.org

gold-cup.com

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AUGUST 24-29 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series 2010 Navy Pier Chicago

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algonacharbourclub.com

tampaboatshow.com

ILLINOIS

AUGUST 21 Jimmy Buffett Parrothead Party Algonac Harbour Club Algonac

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AUGUST 21 Henderson Harbor Boat Show Westview Lodge and Marina Henderson Harbor

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harborboatshow.com

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EVENTS CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 18 Sodus Bay Bass Tournament Sodus Point Town Launch Sodus Point

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SEPTEMBER 10-12 Central New York Fall Boat Show New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse cnyboatshow.com

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SEPTEMBER 11 Shuffle Off to Buffalo Buffalo Launch Club Grand Island

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oldboatsbuffalo.org

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JULY 7-11 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series 2010 Port of Cleveland Cleveland sailtraining.org

JULY 18-23 Junior Bay Week Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Put-in-Bay

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JULY 28 Powerboat Regatta Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Put-in-Bay

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AUGUST 5-8 Bay Week Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Put-in-Bay

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wineandwalleye.net

SEPTEMBER 7-12 Lake Erie Boat Week Huron Boat Basin Huron

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SEPTEMBER 15 North American In-Water Boat Show Cedar Point Sandusky

Bayside Condos

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Eldean Shipyard

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lakeerieboatweek.com

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Coldwell Banker

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Donzi Marine

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Essex Credit Evinrude

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Foremost Insurance Lake Forest College

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AUGUST 12-15 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Series 2010 Leicht Memorial Park Green Bay

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AUGUST 20-22 Maritime Heritage Festival East Grand Avenue/North Franklin Street Port Washington

AUGUST 21 6th Annual Pewaukee Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show LakeFront Park Pewaukee

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wvidaljr@wi.rr.com

nrriverdays.com

AUGUST 21 Twisted Whiskerz Catfish Tournament Trail Clear Fork Reservoir Dane’s Marina Ramp Richland/Morrow Counties

BoatU.S.

JULY 5-9 Bayfield Race Week Wayzata Yacht Club Apostle Islands

portmaritimefestival.com

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Advertiser Index ACE Recreational Marine Insurance

sailtraining.org

i-lya.org

AUGUST 20-22 New Richmond River Days Front Street/Ohio River New Richmond

AUGUST 28-29 Wine & Walleye Festival Fishing Tournament Ashtabula River Ashtabula

SEPTEMBER 10 Lake Michigan Solo Scramble Racine Yacht Club Racine

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AUGUST 20-22 Georgian Boat & Sportsmen’s Show Georgian Downs Innisfil, Ontario

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AUGUST 27-29 Port Credit In-Water Boat Show Port Credit Harbour Marina Mississauga, Ontario portcreditboatshow.ca

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SEPTEMBER 16-19 Toronto In-Water Boat Show Ontario Place Toronto torontoboatshow.com



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